Number of graduates: 469
Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 in the Dallastown Area High School stadium
Speaker: Robert A. Kinsley, founder and CEO of Kinsley Construction, who received an honorary diploma
Student speakers: Paul Leiphart, Ellen Jones, Ryan Creedon and Sally Trout
Weather: Although storm clouds threatened for most of the day, not a drop of rain fell on the outdoor ceremony. "As your class meteorologist, I think the weather turned out perfectly," joked student speaker Ryan Creedon.
What the graduates said: "We're ready to get this done," said Elliot Wilker, as the students lined up outside the stadium. Students said they would miss their friends and teachers, but looked forward to leaving York, going to college and starting work or families.
"The people that were in my class, we all grew up together," said Gency Claudio. Students said their class stood apart because of how comfortable they were with each other and because of their diversity.
Lights: The student speakers all focused their speeches around the class quote, "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light." The quote was spoken by fictional wizard Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.
Paul Leiphart told students to define their own success and not to measure it by their number of Facebook friends, money or retweets on Twitter.
Ellen Jones said that they were not closing one book, but opening another, and that she and her classmates could face any upcoming challenges just as they had learned from previous challenges. Jones made a second reference to the Harry Potter series in her closing line to students, "I want you to reflect on the lessons that have revealed themselves to you and finally opened at the close." .
"In the coming years, look to those around you, but then look to yourself," Creedon said. By being honest and sincere, one will find that light, Creedon said.
Sally Trout reminded students that sometimes happiness requires action, and it there only for those who truly live. Unlike cats, humans only have one life to live, Trout said.
"You only live once, Dallastown. Make sure it counts," Trout said.
Principal Alan Fauth also made use of the class's quote in his final words to students.
"I challenge this class not only to turn on the light, but to be that light," Fauth said. "I challenge you to be that light, be that beacon, in this community."
Dallastown Area High School Class of 2012
Adil Abdalla, Moriah Abrahamsen, Emily Ackerman, Maria Adedo Nunez, Michael Aegbuniwe, Jared Allison, John Allison, Elizabeth Anderson, Megan Anderson, Katherine Arvin, Emily Ashenfelder, Kori Backel, Madison Backel, Ashlyn Bailey, Keirsten Baker, Laura Ball, Mukhtaar Barba, Anthony Barnhart, Blake Barshinger, Elizabeth Bear, Lauren Beck, Michael Beechey, Sierrah Beeler, Breann Bell, Ryan Bender, Cody Bentzel, Michael Biechler, Cassidy Billet, Caroline Bixler, Molly Blakely, Alec Bogart, Justin Bogart, Ryan Bollman, Brandon Bolton, Zeth Bonawitz, Andrew Booth, Timothy Boring, Alexis Bowers, Madison Bowser, Jennifer Boyle, Jillian Brabham, Jeffery Bracken, Andrew Bradford, Rachel Bragg, Derek Breighner, Rachel Brenneman, Dalton Brenner, Nicole Brent, Lauren Brown, Matthew Browning, Gregory Bury, David Butler Jr., Danielle Byers, Austin Calaman, Devin Callahan, Shane Campbell, Alexis Capitello, Yaelimar Caraballo, Justin Carr, Teresa Casolo, Devin Chaney, Mia Chapman, Alexander Chase, Jason Chavez, Joanna Chen, Alex Chhaturam, Randi Chrismer, Hannah Church, Alaysha Claiborne, Gency Claudio, Dana Clayton, Zachary Clayton, Raya Cole, Angelica Conners, Patrick Conroy, Cassidy Cook, Wade Cook, Charles Cooper Jr., Kimberly Copeland, Haley Couch, Ryan Creedon, Blaine Cregan, Abigail Crone, Kiara Cruz, Branden Culp-Henise, Joshua Cunnings, Christopher Curry, Kaleen Curry, Megan Curry, Ashli Darrington, Jesse Davis, Kalece Davis, Tori Davis, Todd Dawson, Kaitlyn Deardorff, Amber DeFabio, Britni Dellinger, Juline Deppen, Cameron Derr, John Dettinger, Allison DiLegge, Alexandra Dolla, Abriel Donado, Megan Douden, Seth Douglas, Jaclyn Dulin, Jake Dunnigan, Morgan Dygert, Nathan Eicholtz, Danielle Eisenhour, Deion Eldridge, Mackenzie Ellinger, Kevin Engman, Neiko Evans, Megan Fabie, Olivia Fagan, Alex Faircloth, Christopher Fares, Michael Farrell Jr., John Feathers, Kathryn Feehan, Devin Fink, Lauren Fishel, Taylor Fishel, Tyler Fisher, Katelyn Fitz, Joseph Fix, Jacob Fleckenstein, Kirsten Fleisher, Cortney Flory, Brandon Flynn, Erica Fondarvest, Rachel Forry, Nicholas Forwood, Benjamin Fraticelli, Giovanni Frenda, Benjamin Frey, Erin Frey, Timothy Fry, Ashley Fullerton, Tessa Galante, Adam Gante, Katelyn Garbrick, Stephanie Garcia, Andrew Geesey, Nicole Geldmacher, Judd Gemmill, Kyle Gerlitzki, Richard Gibney, Christina Gigliotti, Lauren Gillespie, Molly Gingerich, Michael Godboldte, Ian Godfrey, Carly Godstrey, Courtney Golden, Emilee Gorski, Justin Gray, Timothy Gray, James Green, Kasey Green, Laura Green, Mackenzie Groff, Morghan Gross, Austin Grothe, Derek Grove, Jessica Grzymala, Brittany Guess, Carly Hamberger, Danielle Hamme, Sean Hanlon, Brooks Hanna, Christian Hansen, Heather Harbaugh, Michelle Harbourt, Kevin Hare, Klarissa Hargan, Dane Hartman, Michelle Hartman, Isaiah Haugh, Andrew Heird, Tyler Helsel, Ellen Hendrix, Carolyne Henry, Alaina Herbst, Drue Hess, Rachel Hess, Michal Hofer, Jackson Hofmann, Nicole Hollis, Thomas Hollway, Taylor Holmes, Darrian Hopson, Jordan Houck, Richard Howley II, Thomas Hubicz Jr., John Hudish, Zachary Hudson, Lindsey Huh, Tyler Huotte, Jaclyn Hurst, Aaron Inkrote, Stephanie Inners, Ntiense Inyang, Shanna James, Taylor Jehnert, Bennett Jenson, Klara Jirova, Damani Johnson, Benjamin Johnston, Collin Jones, Ellen Jones, Bria Kadish, Justin Kalandras, Christian Kaschak, Morgan Kashner, Andrew Kastor, Adam Katora, Amanda Kauffman, Katelyn Keller, April Kensicki, Alexander Keperling, Aubrey Keperling, Dillon Ketterman, Cody Kilburn, Dennis Kim, Creelyn Kinard, Jamin Kinard, Michael Klahold, Ethan Kline, Kaitlyn Kniess, Lauren Krebs, Cahill Kunkowski, Lisa Kwon, Taylor Laing, Kelsey Laird, Jonathan Lamangan, Cassandra Landis, Brooke Langston, Kelsie Langston, Cody Lauer, Daimon Lawrence, Stephanie Le, Brandon Lee, Erika Lee, Benjamin Lehman, Nicholas Lehman, Ty Lehr, Aaron Leib, Paul Leiphart, Nicole Leithiser, Austin Lerch, Laura Lesher, Joshua LeValley, V. Matthew Lewis Jr., Bethany Lilley, David Linton, Cheyanne Litvak, Lauren Litvak, Alexander Long, Katelyn Looks, Auston Luttrell, Adam Lutz, Maria Lytle, Kyle MacQueen, Aubrey Malone, Karyn Mann, Sean Mann, John Margavitch, Emmett Marianos, Padric Marianos, Ian Markey, Jessica Martin, Alexandria Mase, Daniel Mashuda, Anthony Matero, Rebecca Maurer, Brinn McAuliffe, Elise McCarter, Collin McClane, Mary McGuinn, Margaret McKniff, Erick McNealy, Abigail Melcher, Felice Mendez, Samantha Meyers, Alexander Miller, Allison Miller, Caleb Miller, Damian Miller, Logan Miller, Shannon Miller, Zane Miller, Cody Mittel, John Monahan Jr., Angela Montoya, Alyssa Moore, Brooks Morrison, Katelyn Morton, Emmanuel Mossengo, Bethany Moyer, Brittany Mundis, Andrew Murray, Giusy Musso, Ashley Ness, Marissa Newberger, Tyler Newmister, Jacob Nilphai, Cody Noll, Cody Norris, Cory Norris, Mara Novak, Genesis Nunez, Kayla Oberdick, Kyle Oktavec, Katelyn Palughi, Tiffany Pannhorst, Zachary Parsley, Kishan Patel, Alexander Patterson, Kyle Patterson, Tommy Patterson, Ashleigh Pedone, Derek Peiffer, David Pelky, Andrew Pepler, Jared Pepper, Kamran Perry, Emily Pettit, Emilio Pichardo, Kayla Pillman, Emma Piper, Brittney Pitzer, Brittany Poe, Vasiliki Polychronis, Genevieve Powers, Ashley Preis, Emily Presley, Alexa Pretty, Elizabeth Quickel, Austin Quinones, Benjamin Rall Jr., Leah Ramos, Caitlin Ramsay, Damian Reed, Tyler Reisinger, Ashley Reyes, Kariann Reynolds, Douglas Rhoads, Ervin Richardson III, Alexis Ridolfi, Nathan Ritz, Jennifer Roberts, Christopher Robertson, Jessie Rodowski, Ryan Rodriguez, Yadeliz Rodriguez, Sabryna Rogers, Dylan Roland, Caitlin Rose, Matthew Rossbach, David Rudley, Rachel Rudy, Abigail Ruppert, Benjamin Ruppert, Nicholas Russell, Elizabeth Saffell, Elizabeth Sager, Abena Sarfo, Kaitlin Sawmiller, Justin Schilling, Ryan Schroeder, Molly Schue, Connor Schwienebart, Victoria Seefeldt, Allyson Seitz, Maggie Seitz, Alexis Sharp, Adam Shick, Hubert Singleton, Calina Shinton-Welty, Leanza Shultz, Clinton Silver III, Jeremiah Simmons, Kyle Simmons, Jaryt Skaggs, Susan Snow, Kerianne Spahr, Brandon Spangler, Christine Spellman, Shaquille Stalworth, Correll Stanfield, Alexandria Stauffer, Cody Stauffer, Tia Stauffer, Aaron Stenclik, Megan Sterner, Sarah Stetzer, Trent Stevens, Amy Stewart, Kyler Stiffler, Samuel Stillman, Ashley Stilson, Kori Stith Jr., Micah Striebig, Eric Swartz, Shannon Swenson, Jaclyn Talbert, Zo Tallman-Smith, Rachel Taylor, Jenna Theophel, Amber Thoman, Brady Thoman, Laura Tileston, Michelle Timcheck, Nolan Tome, Eric Torres, Ryan Tracy, Sally Trout, Mason Ulrich, Alex Van Pelt, April Vang, Emily Viands, Corryn Viens, Alessandro Volo, Francesco Volo, Rebecca Wagner, Cherilyn Walsh, Lauren Walters, Skylar Walters, Spencer Waplinger, Jacob Alexander Ward, Jacob Michael Ward, Katie Warner, Anna Washington, Benjamin Weaver, Kayla Weaver, Daniel Webb, Ayana Weedon, Katherine Weikert, Jordan Welsh, Jason Wharton, Abigail Wheeler, Elizabeth Whitcomb, Thomas White, Lauren Whitsel, Todd Why Jr., Elliot Wilker, Kyle Williams, Barrett Wingard, Dalton Wise, Jade Wise, Tyler Wise, Colleen Witkowski, Tara Witman, Serena Womick, Lare' Word, Breann Young, Cassandra Young, Rachael Zdaniewicz, Ryan Zdaniewicz, Gabrielle Zeigenfuse, James Zeigler, April Zentkovich, Trevor Zero, Yiyao Zhou, Matthew Zimardo and Michala Zoller.